I was first introduced to volleyball around age 7 when my older sister played for her high school team. I was very athletic and enjoyed learning new sports. When I first began to play, I instantly had a passion for volleyball and loved the competitiveness of the game. As the only freshman who played every match on my high school varsity team, I learned that I could work well with a variety of different aged girls and could hold my own on the court.
As a Libero for club and school, I have learned that I set the tone for the energy and am the leader of the back court. I am always cheering, screaming, and encouraging my teammates during practice and games. I also learned that all my teammates need different types of encouragement from me to bring them up after they make mistakes. My favorite part of the game is when we play a really competitive team and everyone on and off the court is screaming and working so hard to win. Sometimes you do not win but you are still proud of yourself and your team because you know everyone played their absolute hardest.
On my high school team at The John Cooper School, I had the opportunity to play on Varsity as a Libero in my freshman and sophomore years.
In 8th grade, I played up for a top 15 team which gave me the opportunity to play at a faster pace against other teams who were highly skilled. I helped my team to earn a bid to the GJNC in the national division. I also helped two other club teams earn bids to nationals.
My academics are very important to me. I was home schooled through 8th grade. Then, I was accepted into a highly academic college prep high school, The John Cooper School in the Woodlands, Texas which is in the top 4 of Houston area private schools. I was very excited and honored to be accepted. While adjusting to the rigorous academics and new environment, two months into my freshman year, my mom was diagnosed with late stage 4 cancer. This was really hard on my entire family. My mom went away for chemo treatment to Nevada and was gone almost the whole month of December 2018. It was also the first time that my mom missed one of my club tournaments. It was hard for me to focus on school and volleyball at times but I pushed through with the help of my amazing teachers, coaches and parents. My GPA, especially for my freshman year, is not reflective of my perseverance or my hard work . As a tenacious person who never gives up and never stops trying, I pushed through the challenges of balancing a new school, club volleyball, and my mom's cancer. Atlhough my GPA may seem low compared to other students who attend public schools or private schools that are not college prep, I know that the challenging academics combined with my competitive personality helps me push every year to make my GPA even higher than it was before. I have been successful in doing that and will continue to always do my best every semester. A former coach of mine used to say, "Every time you step on the court always try to get 1% better than last time". I do the same for my school work every time I do homework or step in the classroom.